Go for a `full on` adventure on this traditional winter Trans-Siberian/Mongolian Experience. This is a boots `n` all trip for the hardiest of travellers, jump on the back of your sled and get mushing! Think snow, big furry Russian hats, temperatures well below zero, oh and probably some vodka too! The Ruski Huski is a special winter itinerary that offers you the chance to go dog sledding if you are brave enough! We`ve also included some winter activities to keep you warm; try your hand at Mongolian cooking and experience a Russian sauna. Mush!
Welcome to China’s bustling metropolis, Beijing, and your launching pad for your epic adventure on our Ruski Huski Journey! Peking duck anyone? Your Honcho will meet you in the hotel lobby at 5pm for a Pre departure meeting. After your meeting the night is yours to explore the eclectic night life or karaoke bars.
Test out your haggling skills at one of the many colourful markets in Beijing, wander through the ancient hutongs on foot or by rickshaw - this is a city oozing history and fascinating sights, you just need to decide where to start! Leave some time (most of a day) to tick one off your bucket list - a snow-covered Great Wall of China!
Beijing to Ulaanbaatar
This morning you ride the rails aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway bound for Ulaanbaatar. Catch a glimpse of your first Yak in Mongolia and witness the incredible landscapes from your train window.
Welcome to the land of the mighty Genghis Khan! This afternoonyou arrive into Mongolia’s capital - Ulaanbaatar. Perhaps visit the giant Genghis statue or check out the city’s ‘Black Market’ - (nothing too dodgy here, just interesting instruments, souvenirs and random goods!).
Terelj National Park
Hang out with some nomads and go tobogganing in the snow! A magical couple of days await in the Mongolian snow-covered steppe. Why not enjoy a horse ride through this winterwonderland? As a part of our ‘Icy Extras’ Day 5 includes a Mongolian cooking class.
Terelj National Park
Day 6 includes Winter Sledge hire and some traditional Mongolian ice games. Please note that Icy Extra activities can only be run when the weather permits.
Ulaanbaatar and to Irkutsk
Spend the morning soaking in the serenity of Terelj National Park before heading back to Ulaanbaatar. Mingle with ruby-robed monks at Gandan Khiid Monastery or take in some of the city’s many museums before you meet your evening train to Irkutsk.
Trans Mongolian Railway
Watch the ever-changing landscapes flicker past your window.
Morning arrival into Irkutsk and a short onward journey to Lake Baikal - Are you brave enough to walk on the ice?
Soak in the scenery and enjoy a hike along its beautiful icy shores. Subject to the weather and how frozen the lake is, ask your Honcho what activities can be arranged.
Depending how adventurous you are feeling you may want to go horse riding, dog sledding, craft your own Slavic style good luck charm or knife at the blacksmith, jump on a hover craft or stick to the Russian Banya and get whacked with a birch branch!
Irkutsk and to Moscow
Wander the streets of Irkutsk, scattered with beautiful historic wooden houses adorned with hand carved intricate lacework before boarding the early evening train to Moscow.
Rise and shine! We arrive into the capital in the very early hours of the morning - take in the iconic sight of St. Basils swirling, colourful cupolas and the impressive Red Square. Perhaps check out the amazing treasures in the Armoury, go 18 stories down into an old bunker or explore the glitzy stores of the GUM department store.
Moscow to St. Petersburg
Spend some time in Gorky Park or the Fallen Monuments Park, head to the space museum or admire the many gorgeous churches and museums. Ensure you take a ride on the worlds most beautiful and famous metro system - every station is a masterpiece! After a day exploring Moscow you will board an overnight train to St. Petersburg.
Welcome to Russia’s ‘Venice of the north’ and the final stop on your incredible journey. Walk through this imperial jewels fairy tale streets and then treat yourself to a traditional Russian hot chocolate at Yeliseev’s Food hall! If museums are your thing, for something different, check out the Soviet Arcade Machine Museum, the Faberge museum or the very unusual Kunstkamera Museum of Curiosities.
This morning your epic adventure ends. If you have more time in St. Petersburg before continuing your travels, take in the sights and discover the local live music scene. Wander the labyrinth of canals and beautiful bridges, visit the spectacular Hermitage Museum (with the world’s largest collection of paintings) or venture outside of the city to the summer retreat of the Tsars in the town of Pushkin.
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Trip Name: Ruski Huski (Beijing - St. Petersburg)
Duration: 19 Days
From Price: $3,520
Supplier Tour ID: VODRHK/206610
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